Local area school systems movement gains momentum

Click to download Feasibility Study

Click to download Feasibility Study

North DeKalb County, GA - by Trey Benton - State Rep’s Tom Taylor, Mike Jacobs, Lynne Riley, Joe Wilkinson, Mike Dudgeon and Buzz Brockway have penned “The Georgia Independent School System Resolution” – House Resolution 486.

The Resolution proposes, “an amendment to the Constitution so as to authorize any municipality created on or after January 1, 2005, and any municipality which is contiguous to a municipality created on or after January 1, 2005, irrespective of whether such municipalities may be in different counties, to establish individually or collectively by local law an independent school system; to provide for related matters; to provide for the submission of this amendment for ratification or rejection; and for other purposes.”

The movement is certainly gaining momentum right out of the gate; with a feasibility study released last week showing an annual surplus of $30 million for a Dunwoody feeder school model and advocacy groups have been formed around high levels of community interest.

The report on the financial feasibility of forming a Dunwoody Independent School District was commissioned by the City of Dunwoody, through the Dunwoody Parents Concerned about Quality Education, a community group formed in 2013 to explore opportunities to improve public education in Dunwoody.

An advocacy group, Georgians for Local Area School Systems (GLASS), led by Erika Harris and Allegra Johnson, is committed to promoting the passage of HR 486 in the Georgia General Assembly and then through Referendum vote.

GLASS says its mission is to make the choice available to form local independent school systems and a high quality education for every student through effective and accountable local school systems that maximizes the potential of every student. They say they will push for local school systems that are accountable to students, parents, teachers and their community resulting in: better student outcomes, maximizing of resources, and strong financial management – school systems are responsive to and recognize the needs of the students, parents, teachers and their community.

House Bill 486, if passed, could have an effect that would enable municipalities formed after 2005 (and contiguous municipalities), to form an independent school district – such as City of Decatur and City of Marietta schools – on their own collectively.

To become involved and to learn more, attend one or all of the upcoming events near you.

Upcoming Events for the week of December 9th-15th:

Monday, December 9th: 
9:30-10:30am: Chamblee/Dunwoody Meet and Greet at Cafe Intermezzo (4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30346)

Tuesday, December 10th: 
GLASS as Guest Speakers on Pep Talk with Nancy Jester on America’s Web Radio (9-10am)

11am-12pm: Sandy Springs/Roswell Meet and Greet with Nancy Jester and GLASS at Uncle Julio’s
(1140 Hammond Dr NE Bldg K, Suite 100, Sandy Springs, GA 30328)

Wednesday, December 11th: 
9:30am-10:30am Brookhaven Meet and Greet at Town Brookhaven, Keller Williams Offices

Sunday, December 15th:
GLASS Community Event – Education and Take Action Meeting, St. Lukes Presbyterian Church in Dunwoody, 2pm
GLASS to follow Dunwoody Parents Concerned About Quality Education Community Meeting – Independent School District Feasibility Study Presentation

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